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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 345
Hads: 977
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 82
Gots: 198 | FT: 13
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Brouwerij Boon
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Style | ABV
Gueuze | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-08-2002

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great "shelf gueuze." A bit sweeter and dryer than I prefer and the higher ABV provides a little heat on the aftertaste. However, great balance of lemon, funk, slight vinegar, earth, apple, pear, and white wine. Will be buying this again.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours hazy yellow orange with a bit of fizzy head. Smells pretty musty and cheesy, lots of acid underneath, lemon pulp and white wine. Taste is similar, cheese and must that turns into bright lemon and white wine flavors, a bit more on the mineral end. A little bit of citrus sweetness to balance things. Not very effervescent, but smooth and very enjoyable. Nice and warming due to high abv, which I'm enjoying much more than I thought I would. I'm gonna go out and get the kriek mariage parfait tomorrow; I'm pretty much sold on boon. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fizzy, flat white head atop a golden, orange brew. Extremely bubbly, giving an otherwise fairly clear appearance a bit of haziness. Good retention.

Sharp, tart, musty aroma; dusty, with a hint of cheese; dry wheat crackers; hay; sharp in a non-citrus way; bit of pepper.

Soft, light, tart, funky, musty; the funk flavors (cheese, black pepper, hay, dust) hit right up front, but then quickly and effortlessly meld into the slightly sweet, slightly acidic and tart malt body.

Absolutely no hint of alcohol, which is remarkable for an 8% gueuze. Perhaps a slight warming in the chest. Mouthfeel is full, rich, and creamy, with slight foaming and sting up front. Very lively.

This is an excellent gueuze, and far superior to Boon's other offerings, in my limited experience. The Mariage Parfait series has not yet disappointed me.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle poured into Chimay chalice 2010 vintage

A: dark straw colored good clarity lively carbonation

S: lots of wood barrel and vinegar maybe a little hay

T: bursts onto your tongue with a lot of oak and vinegar with a little underlying sweetness that is there then gone and a nice sour finish

M: Bubbly light body does not linger much on the tongue pretty clean finish

O: I'm not a wine drinker so maybe I can't appreciate this style it's just over carbonated vinegary sourness. it is refreshing but I do not look for these.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Pours cloudy burnt orange with big fizzy white head that seems unstable but does take a bit to recede.

Wet hay, tart lemons, mushrooms, and oak. Grassy and perhaps a bit of oxidation. Lots of barnyard. Seems funkier than other Boon products I've had, including other Mariage Parfaits. A hint of sweetness. Some pineapple notes as well.

Tart upfront giving way to oak and funk. Doesn't seem as complex as the nose. Very nice and fruity though. Definite evidence of the higher gravity. Tropical fruit along with lemons and lactic acid. A hint of acetic, but within reason. Oak character is present, but not particularly tannic.

Highly carbonated, but with a good amount of body for a gueuze. Heavier on the palate with the higher gravity. Quite dry but there's an impression of sweetness from fruity esters.

Drinkable and complex, but the higher gravity makes it a little less quaffable. Not my go-to lambic producer, but still very nice.

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Photo of nquigley16
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, easy to find, fairly priced. Drinking a 2010 in a teku.

L- Nice light orange gold with an airy but full white head. Looks great in a teku, adds some extra depth to the color because its so wide.

A- Horse blanket, must, rotted wood, acidity, notes of sweet over-ripe berries and light lemon zest. Great aroma, the brett definitely comes through more with age, some of the newer bottles I've had are more fresh and fruity.

T- Starts slightly sweet, with notes of stone fruit, but the acidity comes through nicely in the middle. Oaky and slightly tannic at the end. Nice sweet and sour aftertaste.

M- Nicely balanced mouthfeel, not too dry but definitely not sweet. Fizzy geuze carbonation, but not soda-like.

O- You can see why they call it mariage parfait. This beer is an amazingly balanced geuze. Very approachable because of how nicely balanced it is but also still amazing and delicious for people who love sour bombs or are more experienced with geuzes.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2009 dated bottle: Wow. Perfect champagne carbonation, perfect amount of funky tartness balanced by a little lemon zest, alcohol is totally masked. I want to serve this at my wedding, and of course the name is totally appropriate. At 8%, I'll probably have to provide a place to sleep, but that's fine by me.

I'd already given this beer a glowing review, but after trying several other gueuzes (including Tilquin, Cuvee Renee, and Oude Beersel), this one stands out as the best to me. I'd imagine its age has something to do with it, but still. Wow. I'm definitely going back to the store and buying them out of 375s and 750s in preparation of my "perfect marriage." :)

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

A: Nice, cloudy bronze orange with thin foamy head

S: Sour, yogurt smell. Apples and citrus. Sweet tart and sour cherry. A hint of pineapple and hay. Musty grapes.

T: Very nice and smooth taste. Finishes like a medium bodies white wine. Tastes a little like cider.

M: Slight effervescence. Nice clean mouthfeel with minimum aftertaste. Refreshing.

O: As I'm learning more about sours, I'm really starting to enjoy them. This is an exceptional beer that is very refreshing.

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Photo of Rickus
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2011 / L: Clear. Medium carbonation with minuscule bubbles. Delicate foam, like a good champagne, beautiful lacing. S: Sour and grapefruit peel, a hint of yeast and young wood. T: Grapefruit, a lemony aftertaste, a slight sweet note, gin tonic. This is a perfectly balanced geuze. F: Fresh and bubbly. Like a good champagne, but a puckery aftertaste. O: A perfect geuze and one of the best beers I've ever drunk.

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Photo of Heretic42
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from 375mL to a snifter. Cork says batch 2551 from 2010.

A: A very cloudy copper orange with a thin white head that lasts for days

S: Sweet fresh green apples, some funk, and a latent peach aroma

T: A whole lot going on here. This is actually a little less dry than I'd like in a gueuze, but the flavors play well together. Initially, you get a rather sweet gueuze with a sour bite. After, some funk and some tropical fruits take over; think papaya and the bitter finish that mango sometimes has. The funk dances in between the fruit flavors and is very nearly the only thing keeping this beer from becoming cloyingly sweet.

M: Not quite syrupy, but rather thick for a gueuze. Very good carbonation and leaves your mouth wanting for more.

O: A very good gueuze, especially for the price (~$8-9/375mL here) and availability. I'm curious to see how this one ages and I expect it to do very well. It's considerably better and more complex than the normal gueuze, but I'm not sure that's it's almost twice as good.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Cloudy orange gold pour with a one-finger white head. Big sour fruit aroma. Delicious mild sour lemon taste upfront backed with a slight fruity sweetness. Also has a very nice oak character and light spice flavor in the medium body. Really well done beer that isn’t overly sour or tart and drinks very easy for the body and slightly high ABV.

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Photo of guityler83
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

2007 on the neck

A: After popping the cork with a loud pop, the beer poured into a teku glass with 3 fingers of loud fizzy head; pale white in color, it fizzed out fairly quickly leaving no trace of lacing on the glass. The beer has a murky appearance, copper to dark orange.

S: Bright lemon character that melds into a tart sweetness. Mild amounts of funky brett character in the nose with a slight bready note in the end.

T: A bright sharp sourness from, three more sips and the pallet adjusts bringing out lemon zest, rustic funk and a refreshing bready undertone. As the beer warms the brett character becomes more apparent and brings out the woody oak flavor. The tart sourness stays bright throughout but it seems to become more refined as it warms. Sweetness is low and a nice compliment to the overall flavor.

M: The high carbonation gets very sharp on the tongue as you chew on the beer. Very dry but the oak gives it the sense of body. Tingling from the sourness starts to numb the tongue after awhile.

O: Complex, tart and a nice funky and oak undertone. At a reasonable price this was a nice geuze. I'd pick this up again if I see it.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours the color of a ripe apricot with the blush on it. Hazy and almost opaque except for it does let enough light in for you to observe it’s lovely color and the bubbles that are starting their way up from the bottom. 2 fingers of white foam top the beer and last until they become a light layer of film on top. Nose is funky with barnyard and earth. Wet damp earth. Some fruit tartness and a sour you can smell. A drop of vinegar and some overall lemon fruitiness. There is some vanilla on the nose that is like a fragrant flower that has grown in this earth and is sweetly in bloom. . Taste is outstanding. Funky, sour, citric, the embodiment of the lemon. The essence of the icy bright peel. The vinegar is not too strong. The earth and the wood come together as like is to like. The headiness of the fruit sweetness meets the light sweetness of the crisp wheat and lay a soft foundation for this dynamic beer. Sour, acidic, earthy, and with a touch of some kind of green but woody herb to round out the flavor. Dry crisp and bubbly mouthfeel.

This beer is intense. The coming together of powerful earth and a bright bit of uplifted sweetness. The shyness of the musty earth after it rains and the greeness that lies in wait for when the sun comes to shine again. The fruit is the culmination of this beer and is taken whole in it’s every aspect from sweet peel to the tartness of it’s flesh , right through to it’s final incarnation - sour and like vinegar in decay. This beer is truly a perfect wedding of elements.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

This one has been on my list for some time. So why not "tick" it if you have it? Ok, reviewing this because it's Wednesday and I have nothing better else to do. Keeping it real and to the point. This beer pours brilliant! Nice pale gold with a soft pillowy white head. Very nice! Well the old sniffer is getting abused tonight I tell you! This smells like lemon pepper, faint cheese funk, with almost an autumn dead leaf and vanilla spice fragrance. Very intriguing! The taste! First hits with that lemon citric acid/sourness. With some spiciness and more of that dead leave autumn-ness. Not a whole lot of cheese funk. Finishes very sweet with vanilla hanging around and dry. Lingering wet dog hair funk in the aftertaste. I groom my own dog so trust me, it's there! The feel of the brew is Medium-light and par carbonation.

Overall: This beer is my new found favorite. I'm going to buy every single bottle. I like my sours to finish very sweet and this one excels in that department. The 8% ABV is where? That's right, the beer hides that ABV very nicely. The wet dog hair in the aftertaste is actually enjoyable. Not offensive in any fashion and mingles with the vanilla notes. So it's like a fragranced wet dog hair. Anywho, I'm babbling back to basics, this brew is recommended!

Edit:2010 date.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

2009 sticker; 2012 bottling. 375ml bottle.

Hazy golden appearance with thick white head

Ah, smells like geuze. Lemon, hay, sour funk and cheese.

Taste is bright lemon apple and grape with a mineral, almost salty quality. Pungent cheesy funkiness. Quite sour. There is some sweetness that dries out into oak tannins with some astringency. Some booze is apparent as well-at 8% it's pretty hefty for a geuze.

The mouthfeel is a little less refined than the competition as I think the carbonation is a bit too lively even if it goes well with this sour, funky geuze.

Overall this a delicious and well made geuze. While it's not as refined as the best in class it's interesting, fairly well balanced and very drinkable. It's not for the faint of heart or those opposed to the funk. Its also available on the shelf once in a while which is a big plus.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this bottle at Poechenellekelder in Brussels, served in a lambic glass.

The color is dark golden with thick white head fine bead with no lace, clarity is thickly hazed. The smell is a mix of floral and tea-like herbal notes with a earhty and light lemony sour odor with slight tropical accent and light funk. The feel is moderately strong and sour with medium high carbonation with gentle sweet element and light alcohol in the feel with mild lactic acidity with dry clean finish.

The taste is great -very tangy with lemony and light sweet flavor with a subtle funkiness and gentle alcohol considering it is 8% it is pretty faint with slight woody accent and mild tannin with more lemony juicy taste like sparkling sour lemonade with a nice dry alcohol augmented finish with light lactic acid continuing on after the dry tangy finish. Overall a wonderful gueuze with a little more sourness than most and alcohol yet that is not apparent in the taste I really loved having this on the last day of our Anniversary trip to Belgium

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

Bottle opens with a loud pop. Slightly hazy golden color with a large effervescent head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left down the glass. Carbonation is very active and almost looks like soda.

Funky barnyard aroma. Horse sweat and earth make up the majority of the aroma.

Sort of a musty mushroom umami flavor with a strong earthy component. Faint fruit and bread notes. Mildly tart. A little alcohol flavor and warmth as this is a large beer for the style.

Light and effervescent body. Nice for a funky tart beer.

A nice affordable, readily available gueze.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

Clear golden body with a creamy white head that sticks around.

Aroma is musty, leafy, and a slight cheese. More funk than fruit.

This seems to rely more on the funk. Not much tartness going on. Wood and musty funkiness. Green grape and citric fruit.

Ample prickly carbonation but not like Vat 44. The body is almost medium.

Definitely the best Boon geuze I've had.

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Photo of tviz33
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle, served in a tulip.

A- Pours with a quarter inch of whitish head that goes settles to a cap within five minutes. The body is a very murky yellow-orange.

S- The nose is lightly funky and tart.

T- Very earthy character, but sour and crisp as well. Not overbearingly tart. A light oakiness balances things out.

M- Medium body and bubbly, crisp carbonation.

O- Not my go-to style by any means, but this was a tasty brew to mix things up.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml split with my with on our 12th wedding anniversary
Vintage 2009

A - pours a golden honey with suspended chunks of sediment. Thin micro bubble cap of bright white bubbles.

S - lactic chessy aroma, bright lemon citrus, green apples, fruit salad, old wooden church pews.

T - zesty citrus with sesame seeds and wheat cracker malts, there's a dominate peppery spice going on, a citrus tartness envelops but doesn't take over the sesame seed cracker base. Fruit stays strong but the citrus is the main player. The funk comes in the form of an odd spice that I can't put my finger on. Finishes spicy and semi dry.

M - solid foamy carbonation that is lively but not overbearing. Thin to medium body, crisp and dryish on the finish.

A different rake on the style. Bright fruits (mainly citrus) really lightens things up. Not quite sour but plenty of tartness to combat the sweet. Funk is minimal but the odd sesame seed spice really throws a twist on things. Not sure if it's the combination of yeast and the 8% abv or if I can't nail down an ingrediant. I enjoyed exploring this beer.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tart beer- lovin it. Pours a hazy orange gold color with a finger of head, decent retention and minimal lacing. Looks pretty.

Smells incredible. Really tart, funky smell. Vinegar but in the good way. Pomegranate (random but that's what I smell).

Tastes much like the smell- rich tart, acidic flavor. You should not drink this if you don't like sour beers- if you do this should but really high on your list of must grabs. Well carbonated, light body, definitely very tart. It's great if you love sours like I do.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Ray for the share!
2009 vintage, consumed June, 2014.

See, gueuze can still be good without being .rar. Hazy, golden-bronze color, with a tall, foamy, off-white head; good retention and strands of lacing on the glass. In the nose, funk and yeast, cobwebs, composed citrus rind, some floral notes. The taste was similar, bready yeast, grassy funk, horseblanket and cobwebs, subtle citrus and floral notes, oak, candi sugar. This was a smooth drinker, mellow and lightly sour, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Very good overall. I ended up picking up a bottle for myself at the shop; maybe I'll see what a few more years does to it.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 vintage- reviewed 6-21-14 from small bottle

APP- Clear as crystal, luminous strawberry blonde, low white head with not much lace but respectable retention

AROMA- fresh flowers, white grape, hey, faint horse, lemon, melon, low pale malt aroma, that's everything really...very subdued and inviting

FLAVOR- Damn yall. Where to start? Strong but pleasant acidity upfront, mellows and unfolds into a clutch of bright and crisp flavors so harmonious they are tough to isolate, first thing I can latch onto is baked pear, rosemerry, a whisp of white wine vinegar (extremely slight), lemon and mellon, no barnyard here, orange, ...naturally there is no hop flavor, no glaring flaws aside from the vinegar note, barely perceptible pils sweetness. Nice minerality. Some bitterness apparent in the finish.

MF- light bodied, effervescent, quenching acidity that's stops just short of burning, alcohol is there if you pay attention,

OVERALL- This is one of those instances where reviewing the beer almost took the fun out of drinking it. Such a cohesive and harmonious product that you just kinda want to throw it back without thinking about it, which would be very easy to do. Fans of the "funk" may be rather disappointed as this is exceptionally bright and clean. The floral and citrus dimensions are almost on par with any US IPA out there. This is like the greatest glass of lemonade ever.

2010 Vintage reviewed - April 2015 - Big Bottle

Appearance- slightly chill-hazed blonde with low white head and no retention. No lace either. Boon, we both know you're better than this.

Aroma - Big Overripe cantelope, white pepper, lemon zest, mint/ nettle, lavender, dandelion, rhubarb... all very subdued/ muted. Slightly boozy. Sharp.

Flavor - Light malt sweetness with slight honey character, big rhubarb dimension, green melon, floral on mid-palate- rose like, wisp of vanilla in the top, light sandalwood. Could be tasting the barrel here? Has a character that almost reminds me of East Kent Goldings, white pepper/ nettle is back. No sulfur, or musty qualities.

Mouthfeel - Alcohol definitely hits the sinuses. The beer is not astringent or puckering. Acidity and alcohol combine or a long finish that isn't unpleasant, but could be rounder. High carbonation.

Overall - Rewarding, but quite to the standard I expect from Boon. A little messy. In all fairness this bottle was probably not cellared under prime conditions. I was quite surprised to get this at a Manhattan Whole Foods for 13 dollars, I really hope there is no relationship between this sudden availability and the possible downturn in quality.

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very strong, very sharp aroma of fruit, sourness, and a vinous quality.

T: Not as sour as the smell would belie, but still a sour flavor. Also has the aforementioned vinous quality and an earthiness I haven't really seen in other guezes. Very complex, powerful, and lively.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent, well made and flavorful beer. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared at a small tasting. Thanks for bringing this Bob!

Burnt orange hues with a slight white head. Cloudy. Very nice nose of wildflowers, cheese, wood, sour lemon, apples, and leaves. Nice blend of fruit and funk. Quite pronounced tartness, yet not exceedingly sharp as to offend the palate. Delicious and quite pleasing. Goes well with an earthy brie cheese.

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.